Daniel “Doc” Parks
Daniel “Doc” Parks was Midwest born but West Coast bred. He is a third-generation San Diegan and although he now hangs his hat in West Oakland, he will always refer to America’s Finest City as “home.” Doc moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to bartend at the Trader Vic’s Flagship Restaurant in Emeryville, CA. He was able to hone his Tiki Cocktail making skills at the world-renowned polynesian-themed restaurant, and then spent some time bartending in the San Francisco Fine Dining scene. In 2013, he joined the Future Bars group as the Bar Manager of Local Edition, a subterranean cocktail bar in the basement of the historic Hearst Building. Today, he is the Beverage Director of their 9th bar, Pagan Idol, a Rum-focused Tiki Bar in the Financial District. Since opening in 2016, Pagan Idol has fast gained global notoriety among the Tiki community and Rum enthusiasts alike. Before writing Pagan Idol’s menu, Doc was part of the small team responsible for concepting the bar’s design and aesthetic. Two years later, he is leading the team on a new project slated to open Fall 2018. Doc’s recipe for a Jamaican Scorpion Bowl and the Pagan Idol House Mai Tai Float, an ode to the original 1944 Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, was published in The Complete Cocktail Manual: 285 Tips, Tricks & Recipes, a book that was written by Spirits writer Lou Bustamante, in partnership with the United States Bartenders’ Guild.